Founding Partner Richard Boon Retires

07/05/2024

Architecture Team

After years of dedicated leadership and strategic guidance, we announce the retirement of one of our founding partners, Richard Boon. Richard was not only an exceptional architect but also a cherished mentor. His guidance has inspired and shaped the talents of many in our team during the 38 years he has been a part of BoonBrown. As we bid farewell to an inspiring architect, we honour his legacy and commit to carrying forward the lessons learned under his mentorship.

As Richard embarks on the next chapter of his journey, we extend our warmest wishes for a fulfilling and joyous retirement. May this new phase be filled with endless opportunities for growth, exploration and well-deserved relaxation. Though he may be retiring from our team, his impact and wisdom will continue to inspire us for years to come.

“The greatest use of life is to spend it on something which outlasts it”

Richard Boon


Join us for our 2024 London Festival of Architecture event!

04/04/2024

Architecture Team

BoonBrown is proud to be part of the London Festival of Architecture again this year, and we’re excited to invite you to our immersive exhibition in the heart of Brixton.

Location:

Tunstall Hall, Bernay’s Grove, London. SW9 8DF

Save the Date:

Mark your calendars for June 14th as we unveil a transformative exploration of ideas, artistry, and community.

Event Highlights:
  • RETROSPECT | A Salute to Heroes: Explore the untold tales of local heroes, revealing their remarkable deeds and honouring their impact.
  • REDESIGN | Brixton Exploration: Envision the future of Brixton streets through visionary sketches and renders.
  • REINTERPRET | The Artists’ Map: Discover a collaborative arrangement of artwork depicting London through different spheres.
  • REFLECT | The BoonBrown Experience: Gain insight into our ethos and projects.
Stay Tuned for Booking Information:

Further details and a booking link will be made available soon. Keep an eye on our socials to reserve your spot!

Don’t Miss Out:

Join us for an unforgettable experience celebrating creativity, community, and the power of architecture.

More details to come!


The Next Storey

Architecture Team

02/02/2024

Having built the foundations and developed the company with Clive to the 37th floor, our friend and colleague Richard Boon is handing on the plans to new partners. Richard is due to retire at the end of April.

Richard, along with Clive Brown founded the company and helped build it to a multidisciplinary practice, filled with high grade professionals, architects, planners, landscape architects, architectural technologists, and apprentices in all the above. Richard’s wisdom, experience and guidance will be missed. We intend to celebrate Richard’s retirement in a couple of months’ time and hope to be able to gather as many past colleagues, friends, and clients as possible.

Founding Partners: Richard Boon and Clive Brown

Whilst Richard’s departure is tinged with sadness, we have great pleasure and excitement in welcoming Abigail Baggley, Mike Payne and Tim Shepperd to the board. This trio bring a wealth of architectural and project management experience to the table, matched with comparative youth, new ideas and enthusiasm.

Architectural Director | Architect
Technical Director | Architect
Business Development Director

Abigail, operating out of our London Office and driving the vision for our practice. Tim, with an eye to fine detail, both in buildings and the business as a whole. Mike, with a proven track record and particular skills in securing new business.

Clive Brown, Shaun Travers and Oli Clark are very much looking forward to continuing to take the business to the top floor alongside these excellent new partners.

Onwards and upwards!


All under one roof: a home for generations

Architecture Team

04/09/2023

Great news – we have secured planning permission for one of our biggest home transformations yet…!

Our project at Thorpe Avenue in Peterborough extends the existing 240sqm dwelling to 610sqm, providing three reception rooms, an open kitchen/living/diner, swimming pool, nine bedrooms and ten bathrooms.

The house is soon to become home to a large multi-generational family – with construction due to the start later this year.

The Brief

The brief for this project was fascinating. One of the main objectives was to deliver a significantly increased floor area to cater for the large family, but also to include bedrooms of consistent sizes, to ensure family members have access to comparable spaces and facilities. To provide this increase, the design needed to be carefully balanced against impact upon the existing home, which itself had its own unique character.

To deliver a successful architectural proposition, we established four main design principles:

  • The design must not overbear and detract from the character of the existing dwellinghouse and adjacent properties. The extension must be sympathetic to the Local Authority’s Special Character Area, with special emphasis placed on retaining the area’s landscape and architectural style.
  • The proposal should be reflective of its constructed era, as per the surrounding buildings which are the style of their period.
  • The large floor area requirement must not be to the detriment of space and light quality within the dwelling.
  • The design must relate to the street settlement pattern, turning the corner between Thorpe Avenue and Thorpe Road.

The Design

Massing was an important factor in achieving these principles. The design includes several small infill extensions that maintain the style of the existing house, however its main wing extension to the south is broken into two architectural elements, in a more contrasting architectural style. The natural contour of the site presented an opportunity to step the extension down into two lower levels, which enabled the ridge and eave lines of the new extension to sit subservient to the existing house.

A series of massing studies were carried out considering the positioning of existing TPO trees, local settlement pattern and street composition, testing options for spatial arrangements. We were mindful of not adding large elements to the existing house, to avoid creating deep plan rooms that would suffer from a lack of natural daylight or view. The result takes the form of a two-storey L-shaped extension.

Examination of the local architectural context demonstrates how each house reflects the era that it was built, providing an opportunity to develop a contemporary design approach, rather than pastiche proposal. Local materials such as white render and brown brick contrast against metal detailing used as a tertiary material for louvres and gable framing. Vertical fins are incorporated across the front entrance wing with multiple practical functions; to visually break the link’s horizontal form, to provide screening and privacy for first floor bedrooms, to offer shade from morning sun and create an opportunity for plants to climb up the building around the main entrance.

 

 

Although the house has ample garden, the extension is formed around a new internal courtyard, which provides a different outside environment. This space is accessed from all sides of the home, at their respective levels, providing space for outside cooking, seating and socialising. This space is critical as it provides natural daylight and aspect from many of the rooms, also creating a central social space within the home.


BoonBrown welcomes RIBA President Simon Allford to Brixton!

24/07/2023

Architecture Team

Our London Studio team (with a few colleagues from our southwest studio too!) had the pleasure of welcoming inspirational architect and RIBA president, Simon Allford to Brixton last week.

Simon is a co-founder and director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), current RIBA President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Architectural Foundation.

We kicked off the visit with a tour of the studio, which currently houses our London Festival of Architecture exhibition and a selection of project boards which showcase our work. From competition entries to technical delivery, we were able to discuss some of the highlights and challenges across the breadth of our projects, as well as broader conversations including ambitions for the practice. This was followed by an enthusiastic Q and A with the studio team.

Discussions covered topics such as architectural education, communication and reflection within the design process, and flexibility within built design. Our key takeaways include:

“Make the profession respect itself”

With a constant race to the bottom, we should be promoting good fees for good work and not underrating our worth.

“Create a feedback loop”

Communication is key – we often aren’t learning what we could from those around us, so find ways to reflect on past designs and teach others.

 “Understand the real brief”

Architecture is not just for foreseeable uses and today’s client. Design structures which can flex and change over time, building in tolerance and adaptability so use can change.

“Make the profession more accessible and affordable, so it reflects society today”

Educate and share within the local community, promoting architecture and design, supporting alternative methods to qualification for a more diverse pool of emerging architects.


New Numatic production and distribution facility gets the go ahead

24/03/2023

Architecture Team

Our planning application has been approved for a new production and distribution facility in Chard, Somerset for Numatic International!

The new building will provide circa 24,000m2 of new floor space dedicated to the production of the much-loved Henry family of vacuum cleaners. The aim of the development is to streamline the process into one facility incorporating raw material storage, manufacture, assembly, storage and distribution, to ultimately improve sustainability and increase productivity.

We’re so pleased by this fantastic news and want to congratulate everyone involved including HydrockCoreus GroupSuch Salinger Peters LtdENCOMPASS ECOLOGY LTDFairhurst, James Fox, and Helis.

For more information on the development, please see the below articles featured on the BBC and Chard & Ilminster News!

https://lnkd.in/eG7z9hFN

https://lnkd.in/eSt2fu74


Housing Digital Innovation Awards 2023 | Shortlisted for Best Innovative New Build

20/01/2023

Architecture Team

We are pleased to announce that the Housing Digital Innovation Awards 2023 has shortlisted our affordable housing scheme, Mendip View in Axbridge for Best Innovative New Build!

These 20 affordable homes are the first of their kind to include the ‘Wondrwall’ system. In partnership with our client Stonewater and building contractor Fisher & Dean Construction Ltd, we were able to deliver a sustainable development fitted with an intelligent living system that automatically controls heating, lighting and security. The project demonstrates that sustainable net-zero energy technologies can be applied to affordable schemes to support low-income families.


Insider SW Property Awards 2022 | Sustainable Project of the Year

17/10/2022

Architecture Team

BoonBrown’s recently completed scheme for 20 new affordable homes at Mendip View, Axbridge, has won ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ at the Insider South West Property Awards!!

The ceremony in Bristol on Thursday evening was overwhelmed by cheer and applause by the great news. To be given recognition for all the hard work through this prestigious regional award was a great delight.

In partnership with our client Stonewater and building contractor Fisher & Dean Construction Ltd, we were able to deliver a sustainable development fitted with Wondrwall Group’s home energy management technology. The project demonstrates that sustainable net-zero energy technologies can be applied to affordable schemes to support low-income families.


LABC Building Excellence Awards 2022 | Regional winner of Best Small Social Housing Development

09/09/2022

Architecture Team

We are delighted that our Elderton Fields project has been selected as regional winner for the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2022 in the category Best Small Social Housing Development.

Working with our client Stonewater and contractors Winsley White Ltd, we have delivered fourteen new affordable homes within a wider landscaped scheme including school parking, wildlife corridors and public art.


South West Tourism Awards 2022 | Bronze Award

19/04/2022

Architecture Team

We are delighted to announce that one of our technical projects, The Dorset Museum, has won bronze in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category for the South West Tourism Awards!

Congratulations to the Dorset Museum, the design team and contractors Acheson Construction Limited !